Switching goes compact

RGB Spectrum released a compact, one rack unit version of its Linx 8x8 DVI Matrix Switcher in a bid to offer a space saving solution for challenging environments. The Linx 8x8sp is a non-blocking DVI matrix routing switcher with eight inputs and eight outputs.

The product delivers digital switching and routing of DVI signals and, when combined with digital signal sources and digital displays, it allows for fully digital end-to-end signal distribution. The switcher accepts input signals up to 1920x1200 and 2048x1080p, and supports the full 1.65 Gbit/sec DVI standard. In addition to switching picture information, the Linx provides a DDC back channel to carry EDID set-up and display data.

Total EDID Manager, that accompanies the switcher, is a solution for digital routing configurations. Display identification data can be set to pass through from the display back to the graphics adapter. Other features include Fixed input EDID, Emulated output EDID, multiple output resolution arbitration and EDID capture.

Built-in cable equalisation on all inputs is designed to extend cable lengths up to 50 meters without the need for external signal extenders. Up to 1 amp of DVI power is available on the outputs for pin-powered devices, obviating the need for external power adapters.

Remote control is via Ethernet and RS-232 serial ports. The built-in WCP web server is accessible from various browsers and the company claims that no special software is required on the user's PC.